UnfitnessFanatic, on 16 January 2012 - 07:10 AM, said:
My wife and I did this 2 years ago. 12 weeks of nutrition and excercise in a format to suit anyone with whatever facilities you have available to you. I dropped about 20kg in the 12 weeks and it taught me a real lesson in eating right and excercising consistantly. Also having the support from the others in the online forum makes it alot easier. The excercise program she writes up definitely gets harder, but there are different levels so you can work out which will suit you best and stick to that.
This program will test you and you have to be very strict on it if you want to do it properly. Good Luck.
My wife did this September-December last year, and has signed up again for the new round (and I did it as support).
There are 4 different levels of exercise intensity, with a host of options in each level (e.g. indoor, outdoor, gym equipment etc.). Everything is graded, though you'll probably feel like you're going to die after the very first session. My wife had limited success with fitting exercise into her schedule - only 2 reduced sets most weeks, but still managed to lose about 8kg. Getting the exercise bit right is the main reason for signing up again.
One of the things that I found great is that unlike other things we have tried in the past, the program just has instructions and you have to make the changes yourself to make it work. From the diet perspective, you get a weekly shopping list and recipes so you don't have to think too much, but you still have to make the meals, understand portion sizes etc. You need to (learn to) understand calories, and track how much you eat. The end result of this difference is that when the program finishes, you have a stockpile of shopping lists and recipes and have changed your habits to successfully continue (rather than pre-packaged programs that do everything for you so that when you stop the habit of "not cooking" continues).
We're not quite over 50, though I chatted with a couple of ladies at the Resolution Run this month that at a guess would have been, and they had had success - losing almost 30kg (though I didn't think to ask if that was just one round), and entering an 11km running race.